Musings Of A Nerd

Blackness in 2016: Part 3 – Society

By  Cheyenne Matthews-Hoffman Part 1 - Music and Sports Part 2 - Film and TV   There were so many fantastic displays of blackness this year that it’s nearly impossible to quantify. We have Harriet Tubman replacing noted racist Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. President Obama hosted SXSL a White House festival modeled after SXSW where, for...

Blackness in 2016: Part 1 – Music & Sports

By Cheyenne Matthews-Hoffman   At this point, we can all agree that 2016 was absolutely horrible. From hashtags to news articles, everyone everywhere decided that this year was a gigantic dumpster fire never to be spoken of again. And despite the intense horribleness of this trashcan year, Black people proved to be the shining light in...

My Five Favorite Finds of 2016

The common refrain is that 2016 was a long string of misery broken up by frequent side quests into the truly absurd. In fact, this mock trailer depicting 2016 as a horror movie is perfect and truly captures the spirit of the year we experienced through the news and online. Still, I’d be remiss if...

Cosplay Has Tried To Make Me, a Fat, Black Woman, Invisible

By: TaLynn Kel I never considered myself a geek until I picked up a new hobby, costume play, aka cosplay. It’s one of those things that happened organically: someone took me to a geek convention, I saw people in costume, and not once did it occur to me not to dress up like them. Before I’d been there an...

The Star Wars Universe is Proliferated with Brunette White Female Protagonists

  Republished From Just Add Color I love the new direction Star Wars is taking with The Force Awakens and now Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I even support the fact that Rogue One is rumored to be the first Star Wars film not to begin with the classic Star Wars preamble crawl. Rogue One is also running with the diverse platform The Force...

I Am Saved By The Bell’s Lisa Turtle

  Republished from Just Add Color I've suddenly come to a realization. I am Saved By The Bell's Lisa Turtle. I'm not her in the sense that I'm fabulously wealthy. The way I'm like Lisa Turtle is that on paper, I have what every guy is supposedly looking for (or so they say): brains, looks (if I may say...

Words of Wisdom from Hidden Figures Author Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures
After sitting down for an interview and writing, "Hidden Figures: Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact" about best-selling author Margot Lee Shetterly I left inspired and excited, not just about Hidden Figures but about life. Here are few snippets from the interview that don't just quote the author but are excellent words of advice...

We All Need An Escape To Bruno Mars and Donald Glover

Originally published on Just Add Color If there's one good thing that might come out of 2017 is that this just might be the best year for pop culture ever, particularly music. That is, if Bruno Mars and Donald Glover's latest offerings are anything to predict by. First, let's talk about Bruno Mars' 24K Magic. The album...

The Rising Star of Raleigh Ritchie

Written By Jahkotta Lewis At 26 years old, Jacob Anderson, who goes by his stage name Raleigh Ritchie, is not only making a name for himself in television and film, but he’s tearing up the world of music with his kickass vocals, rhythmic beats, and artistic exploration of the essence of youth. I first discovered Ritchie on Game of...

Mifune: The Last Samurai Review

  I distinctly remember the day that Akira Kurosawa died, but not Toshiro Mifune. I was living in a rooming-house at the time, listening to WSOU 89.5FM, the college radio station broadcast from New Jersey’s Seaton Hall, which seemed to play all the music deemed too severe for NYC’s pop/rock stations of the era. Current...
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